The WannaCry ransomware outbreak showcases the problem: Security pros are overwhelmed by vulnerabilities that could be simple to mitigate, if only they had the right info at the right time. Humphrey Christian of Bay Dynamics discusses how to improve vulnerability risk management.
The WannaCry ransomware outbreak was a huge "wake-up call" for the global information security community, says Dan Schiappa of Sophos. It's time to patch those legacy systems and prepare for the inevitable next big crimeware scare, he says.
Voice biometrics: Is it good enough to protect people's bank accounts? Also, the ISMG Security Report goes to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for this year's OWASP AppSec Europe conference, including a visit to the Titanic museum - hopefully not a metaphor for the discipline.
Good news for many victims of WannaCry: Free tools developed by a trio of French security researchers can be used to decrypt some PCs that were forcibly encrypted by the ransomware, if the prime numbers used to build the crypto keys remain in Windows memory.
WannaCry ransomware victims who haven't backed up their files have a tough choice: take a risk paying the ransom or just accept the loss. But there's a slim glimmer of hope: French researchers have figured out a way to decrypt files without paying, although their tools won't work for everyone.
Reports on how the U.S. Congress is taking steps to toughen cybersecurity lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an analysis of a Government Accountability Office study on the IoT landscape and the security threats facing the internet of things.
Police in Europe have arrested 17 suspects as part of an EU-wide investigation into ATM black box attacks, Europol says. These "jackpotting" or "cash-out" attacks use rogue hardware to trick ATMs into dispensing all of their cash on demand.
The House of Representatives has passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which supporters contend could help improve the security of the government's information networks. "It will keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyberattacks while saving billions of dollars," says bill sponsor Rep. Will Hurd.
Life after WannaCry: Already, other cybercrime gangs appear to be jumping on the SMB-targeting bandwagon, including the operators behind Uiwix ransomware. Thankfully, security experts say, these attacks pose scant risk.
Internet of things devices are vulnerable to an array of potential cyberattacks, including zero-day exploits, distributed denial-of-service attacks and passive wiretapping, according to a new GAO report, which cites mitigation advice from experts.
The Shadow Brokers leaked spying tools - likely stolen from the National Security Agency - that aided WannaCry. But the hackers blame Microsoft and the U.S. government for the ransomware outbreak and are promising fresh exploits.
The digital transformation in the APAC region is being driven significantly by mobility and cloud, and there is a need to recalibrate the approach to security to factor in the new realities, regulations and challenges, says IBM Security's Vaidyanathan Iyer.